The National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, said on Wednesday that he has contacts of key Boko Haram leaders who he intends to dialogue with.
Dasuki, who made this revelation in Jos during a meeting with security stakeholders in Plateau State, said he was planning to meet with the group on the need for it to cease fire and embrace dialogue as soon as possible.
“I was in Yobe and Borno States last week and I have got the telephone numbers and contacts of key Boko Haram members and I will meet with them,” he said. “I saw the dangerous effect of Boko Haram in these states and what I saw was pathetic.”
The NSA said he has the mandate to put heads together with religious and traditional leaders, as well as the state governments to ensure an immediate ceasefire.
“I am in Plateau for on-the-spot assessment of the security challenges and in furtherance of the federal government’s peace efforts, particularly across the northern part of the country,” he said.
Dasuki, who expressed confidence that the people of Plateau could put their problems behind them and forge ahead with peace and reconciliation, said he has a stake in the state because he lived in Pankshin and Jos when his father resided there.
“If we lived peacefully way back then, it is possible to go back to those good old days,” he said. “Before now, it was difficult for me to believe that you can see a Fulani and Berom man together on the street of Plateau fighting, but the presence of various ethnic and religious groups at this parley is a pointer to the fact that we want to forge ahead.”
Governor Jonah Jang regretted that the emergency rule in the state had not achieved the intended effect as the attacks on the affected local government areas had continued unabated. On dialogue with Boko Haram, Jang said that it was difficult to dialogue with the group since its leaders and members were not known.
He therefore urged the group to come out and identify itself.